It’s easy to get a pet, especially a cat. However, it’s not easy to care for it. You see, having a pet is like having a baby too. It’s a commitment and you need to provide them their needs, aside from food and shelter. If you’re a first time fur parent, particularly of a cat, don’t worry, we got your back. Here are some things that you need to know first before you get a cat.
- You need a scratching post
Cats have natural urge to scratch. This helps them clean their claws and mark their territory with the scent glands in their paws. And to help them with this and to prevent them from exercising this urge on your furniture, a scratching post will help a lot.
- You should not declaw your cat
First-time cat owners might feel scared of cat’s claws. It’s understandable, though, as if it’s painful to get scratched with their sharp claws. However, do not declaw them as this surgery involves amputating the end of their toes which is extremely painful for them. Instead, monitor their scratching and clip their nails responsibly. There are also nail caps that you can easily buy in pet stores.
- You need to have them spayed or neutered
Cats can breed as often as three times per year. Hence, overpopulation can be a big problem. Thus, make sure that you have them spayed or neutered. Also, it helps them live a bit longer and healthier.
- You need a litter box
A litter box is also important for cats, especially if you plan to keep them indoors. This helps keep the odor away and, needless to say, keeps your house clean all the time. And the best part of it is that it’s easier to clean.
- Pick your house plants carefully
Just because they’re mere plants doesn’t mean they’re all safe for your cat. There are certain plants that could be toxic to cats like stargazer lilies. Thus, make sure to do your research first if you’re planning to add plants to your home.
- Not all human food is good
Just because something is not toxic for humans doesn’t mean it’s safe for cats too. Cats, aside from appearance, are different from us. And like plants, not all food is safe for them too such as raisins, grapes, yeast dough, raw meat, and avocado.
- It’s a must to protect their paws
Cats’ paws, particularly the pads, are highly sensitive. Hence, always protect them, especially in extreme hot and cold weather.